Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Philadelphia 76ers who are reportedly targeting Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Dion Waiters in free agency.
Dion Waiters has not found a home yet in free agency. However, he is a restricted free agent which means that the Oklahoma City Thunder will only need to match any offer by other NBA team. Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Thunder has greatly affected how they are going to rebuild the team.
According to Keith Pompey of Philadelphia Inquirer:
“The Sixers want the South Philly native to take a two-year deal, which could include a team option in case he’s not a good fit. Meanwhile, Waiters’ representation wants a regular deal with more years. The Oklahoma City Thunder restricted free agent could receive up to a four-year deal from another team.”
The Philadelphia 76ers are currently looking for additional players to boost their backcourt. Joel Embiid and Dario Saric are set to join the team next season making their frontcourt crowded. There were previous rumors that the Sixers are trading either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor, but it seems like they cannot find the best trade partner.
Dion Waiters could be a good fit with Ben Simmons, who is currently molded to be the face of the Sixers. Simmons is a point forward so having a player who can shoot on the perimeter is a must. In the 2015-16 NBA season, Dion Waiters averaged 9.8 points, 2.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds and shot 35.8 percent from the three-point line.
The Brooklyn Nets are also reportedly eyeing to acquire Dion Waiters after losing two of their target free agents, Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe. If the Sixers or Nets offer a deal with Waiters, the Thunder will surely make their decision whether they will free him or not.
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